Many Uses for Tomato Based Sauce
A good tomato based sauce recipe is handy to know as it can be used for so many different recipes.
If you use a tomato based sauce that can be frozen you will always have the basis of a family meal at hand when you need to cook.
Fresh or FrozenMany people swear by fresh tomatoes and go to great lengths to purchase fresh tomatoes, peel and pulp them but these days even chefs on television tell us to use the canned varieties so the choice is yours. When using canned tomatoes try to use the ‘plum tomato’ variety as these are juicy and full of flavour.
If you grow your own and have a glut of tomatoes as often happens why not make up a batch of tomatoes sauce and freeze it down ready for use in the future?
FreshIf using fresh tomatoes put them into a bowl and pour over boiling water, this will cause the skins to curl back and they can be peeled with ease.
- Olive oil, two tablespoons
- Two large onions, peeled and chopped
- Two chopped garlic cloves
- Canned or fresh tomatoes roughly chopped
- Mixed herbs of your choice
- Tomato paste to thicken
- Salt and pepper to season
Heat the oil and add the onions. Cook until soft but not brown.
Add the garlic and any other seasonings required.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook gently until soft.
Add tomato paste to thicken if required.
Leave to cool slightly before whizzing in a blender or hand held blender to a smooth sauce.
Cool and freeze in bags.